The conflict between good and evil, Rama and Ravana, and the theme of Dussehra in Bollywood | Bollywood Bubble

The conflict between good and evil, Rama and Ravana, and the theme of Dussehra in Bollywood

The conflict between good and evil, Rama and Ravana, and the theme of Dussehra in Bollywood

Abhishek Bachchan, Gayatri Joshi, Shah Rukh Khan

Vijayadashmi, Dussehra, Ayudhapuja. Numerous names, same significance. The day when the win of Rama over Ravana, good over evil, is celebrated with gusto. However, this festival has a Bollywood spin to it too. Through the years, imbibed in the plots, sometimes within the protagonists, many times as the conflict between two souls, and innumerable times as the war between hero and villain, we have witnessed the complexities of the fight between good and evil, in Bollywood, many times.

The finest example of this can be seen in Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Swades’. The movie was one of the splendid examples of how the strongest messages can be delivered in the most subtle manner. The message of good and evil, and the conflict within was explained marvellously through this song. As the music of AR Rahman coursed through the being, lyrics of Javed Akhtar, and the rendition by Shah Rukh Khan, make this one a magical composition. It told us that Ravana is not an outsider, he lies within all of us, and we need to destroy the evil within to truly make goodness victorious. What glorious plots could not do, this one song did that.

‘Man se Ravana jo nikale,

Rama uske man me hai…’

Another very beautiful example of ‘good over evil’ rendition can be seen in the most iconic movie of Indian cinema, ‘Sholay’. In fact, the movie is still popular today because of the intensity with which it delivered the message. The evil that Gabbar exuded still gives us goosebumps in fear, and the climax still rings in our hearts, with the same intensity no matter how many times one sees him getting hit and almost beaten to death by Thakur Baldev Singh, whose composure finally breaks.

‘Main Hoon Naa’ took the literal Rama and Ravana sequence and meshed it in a total masala formula, complete with patriotism thrown in for good measure. Even though the movie might not have been an intellectual or critically acclaimed one, but it was loved by masses and broke the box office. It effortlessly managed to pass on the message to its core audience, the youth and the mass who loved it in its entirety, and hated Raghavan with as much intensity as they loved Major Ram.

‘Raavan’ was the movie which took over the bold concept of showcasing the story and perspective of the most hated villain of Hindu mythology, in good light. Though the movie tanked at box office and was panned by critics too, but it portrayed that there is no demarcation between good and bad, that the fine line can be crossed and re-crossed multiple times, causing good to become evil, and vice versa, in a jiffy. The complex human nature, and its leap towards both sides was indeed shown remarkably. It again showed us how Rama and Ravana, good and evil, both are within us, both have their own definitions, and it is upon us to make one dominant. But then, the definition of good and bad is different for everyone, depending upon circumstances, and in spite of the fate of the movie, this one managed to spell out that message quite clearly.

Bollywood has been using and reusing this concept quite effectively, meshing it with genres and experimenting, but leaving it the same in essence, and we indeed love it. This Vijayadashmi, let’s take a cue from some of these movies, and work from within to kill the Ravana inside, and give our inner Rama a re-birth.

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STOP judging the misery of Bollywood stars. They're as humane as we are

Imagine a situation when you wake up one fine morning, have your cuppa of coffee and then grab up a newspaper in your hand, only to see a BREAKING scandal on the first page which is all about YOU. What would be your reaction? You’ll be shocked and paranoid, right?

The same goes for our Bollywood celebrities too.

They are famous, and we think that they are over-privileged, and so, we rob them of all the humanity we pride ourselves upon. We forget that Bollywood celebrities might also get the same feeling of helplessness when they are pulled into a puddle without any reason; for those just for the sake news. The point we want to prove here is that, we literally rely on the lives of our Bollywood celebrities; what they eat? where are they vacationing/partying? she was so fake during that interview?, and we so love it.

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But on a franker note, do we really know when to not cross the line? Let’s talk about a recent example, that of megastar Amitabh Bachchan. When many media houses reported (not us) that Senior Bachchan had been admitted to Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai; but the truth was something else. The star had actually visited the hospital for a routine check-up as he was complaining about a pain in his lumbar. Later, Big B penned down a poem in Hindi which explained that while he totally understands the photographers’ need for his pictures to continue their work and it is just part of their profession, those camera flashes may act hazardous at times, especially to the eyes, which is why he hid his face with a hat. PERIOD! Have a look at his heartfelt poem below:

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That’s just one of the example, when a problem of a star was not at all sympathised, but was churned into a BREAKING news.

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Even actress Preity Zinta recently became the catch for many media portals when the dimpled beauty was snapped exiting a hang-out spot in Mumbai wearing a ill-fitted dress. And then what, there were speculations that Is Preity Zinta pregnant and is that a Baby bump she is flashing? Like really peeps, now a actress can’t even wear a loose clothing piece, does everything needs to be oh-so gossip tuned?

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When Deepika Padukone talked about her depression story, without a doubt there were fans who sympathised the lady. But over time, there were also many who pointed out the credibility of her confession. Questions were raised and statements were thrown at her which in a gist meant that being a lady who enjoyed so much fame and money, how could she claim of suffering from depression. Clearly, such people just proved their ignorance of the fact that Depression is not just a verb, but actually a mental illness which can claim anyone, irrespective of status, wealth, talent and beauty.

How fickle and heartless we are as audience. We claim to be head over heels in love with our stars and yet when it comes to such times and things, we leave no chance to take a jibe at them.

Few months back Aishwarya Rai Bachchan paid the price of being a celebrity, when paparazzi zoomed and clicked some tacky snaps of the star when she had visited Manish Malhotra‘s residence for dinner, along with her hubby. But instead of being supportive and taking Aish’s side, social media took pleasure out of those GROSS photos. We wouldn’t have reacted the same way if it would have happened with someone close to us, right?

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Yesterday, a media portal bashed Sonakshi Sinha with her choice of ensembles which she wore during her film’s promotion. While we do get that everything cannot be sugar-coated, but we do need to be subtle in the way that even celebs as humans get what we are trying to say.

Forget sympathy, where is the empathy?

Are we affirming the fact that celebrities are rich and so their misery is not at all real? Why can’t we gulp the fact that the problems of our stars are also genuine? Their misery, no matter how public, are real, even in the cut-throat ugly world of glamour. Agreed that they are rich, move in their swanky cars and do what not; but at last they are HUMANS just like you and me.

Lastly, not all celebrities are publicity obsessed. And we should surely learn where to draw a line. TIME OUT!

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

Sincerely,
A guy who misses you on big screen

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